Schools in #Lebanon are required to follow the curriculum set out by the Ministry of Education. According to this, Lebanese history after the expulsion of the French and the establishment of an independent state is not to be part of the history curriculum. Textbooks used for teaching Lebanese history therefore finish with the end of the French colonization. “We don’t actually learn about our own modern history in school. At least not the parts that really matter,” explains Amina El Hajj, a liberal arts student at the Lebanese University.
This huge omission of the last 75 years leaves out the most groundbreaking and traumatic experience of the country; the Lebanese Civil War from 1975-1990.
This event defines so much for so many on a personal level in Lebanon today. At the same time, the civil war is the reason for the country’s current power dynamics as they function today.
Yet, it is not taught about in schools.
This is not an accident, but a conscious decision on behalf of the Lebanese government. Ever since the conclusion of the civil war, there has been an established fear of supporting any official and public narrative of the war by the state. It is believed that this would inevitably leave some groups dissatisfied and alienated. This, in turn, could have unfathomable consequences. It is therefore considered a hornet’s nest not worth sticking a history book into. Instead, changing governments have left that defining part of Lebanese history untouched.
This approach might be sparing a sitting government from dealing with an uncomfortable issue, but it leaves young Lebanese without an official and objective account of the events that brought a prosperous country to ruins and led to the near-total collapse of the Lebanese state.
With this important subject not taught in schools, Lebanese youth are instead forced to find the answers on their own.
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